Opinion

Letters: Looking at life differently

Friday, February 20, 2015

To the editor: Back in the day, Peterborough had a legendary folk music club (the Folkway), and a radio station — WSLE: The Folks Station — that featured a lot of music of people who played at the Folkway. Among them was folksinger Claudia Schmidt. A few years ago Claudia returned to Peterborough to play a concert in Bass Hall, and we found ourselves at Harlow’s for dinner before the … 0

Letters: In support of Camilla Lockwood

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to express my whole-hearted support of Camilla Lockwood for Planning Board in Temple. I have had the tremendous pleasure of working with Camilla on the Planning Board, and have been extremely impressed by her diligence, open-mindedness, and complete commitment to finding the best solutions for our town of Temple. Camilla uses her legal background to help decipher … 0

Letters: Trappers have compassion

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In response to William Doreski’s Feb. 19 Viewpoint piece on “leg hold traps”: Dear Bill, please first start by getting educated about wild fur bearer conservation. And then continue your education about “foot” hold traps, not “leg” hold. Modern-day wildlife biologists understand the need to control the numbers of animals certain areas can sustain and still keep the populations healthy … 0

Viewpoint: 8, 9 are not sensible

Friday, February 27, 2015

ConVal voters, you voted for your School Board members to represent you in governing our cooperative school district. Closing a community’s school is a complex decision best made by leaders and communities who have the facts, not by a referendum floated by a handful of angry voters. Mr. … 0

Viewpoint: School costs outpacing salaries

Friday, February 27, 2015

There are some folks who still believe that the amended school budget for New Ipswich is too big a reduction. Well here are some facts that should be considered before March 10. Forty years ago the school budget was $1,113,068 in year 1975. Let’s say that inflation averaged … 0

Viewpoint: Still more to be done to lower our carbon footprint

Friday, February 27, 2015

Strongly connected with nature from childhood, as I started grasping how serious the situation was becoming for our climate, I felt pulled to pitch in and help stem the tide however I could. Efforts to lower my family’s carbon footprint went deeper. Helping my local community came next. … 0

Viewpoint: Use school dollars wisely

Friday, February 27, 2015

I support the reduced Mascenic school budget of $17,665,000 for two reasons that will seem opposed to each other. First, as a selectman in New Ipswich, I have seen the pain the tax increase last year’s school budget increase has caused our citizens. If the original proposed school … 0

Editorial: A community that loves its neighbors

Monday, March 2, 2015

In our region, we live in small, tight-knit communities. The hustle and bustle of the big city with its faceless passersby and crowds of strangers is nowhere to be found in the Ledger-Transcript’s coverage area, and it’s safe to say that most of us like it that way. … 0

Viewpoint: Don’t gamble with their education

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A clan of private petitioners have proposed two warrant articles that will appear on the ConVal ballot. One would close Great Brook School. The other would potentially close elementary schools in the district. These petitioners, who desire to wreak havoc on the ConVal School District, have little regard … 0

Letters: Remembering Paul Hobbs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: I will never forget the first time a customer came into Hobbs Jewelers and asked me “How’s your dad?” Unfortunately I think I stuttered and stared at the man for minute, trying to figure out how this perfect stranger knew my father. And then it … 0

Letter: Say yes to energy upgrades in voting

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: This year, the voters of Rindge will again be asked to approve an investment in the town’s energy-saving program. In the past three years investments made in upgrading town facilities have already almost fully paid for themselves. The details of those expenses and returns are … 0

Letters: Leishman showed courage, judgment

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) criticized Rep. Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough) for voting with the majority of the Finance Committee “not to pass legislation to pay the towns $542,672 that Massachusetts owes them for its portion of flood control payments it didn’t pay in 2012,” according to … 0

Letters: Fish and Game supports torture

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To the editor: In this trapper’s paradise, the medieval method of cruelly ending an animal’s life by the method of trapping is encouraged by N.H. Fish and Game. Animals can’t grease politician’s hands. Too bad no action has been taken by our representatives, Peter Leishman and Ivy Vann, … 0